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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas based Rock n Roll band Strong Like Bull! Huge thanks the band for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Dave Gray: Vocals and sometimes rhythm guitar and harmonica

Shawn Normandim: Bass

Jake Bauer: Drums and backing vocals

Nevin Truan: Lead Guitar and backing vocals

Band history:
Dave: I started by calling Shawn as I had played in a band or two with him previously. After he was interested, I called Jake. I knew those two would make an amazing rhythm section. I had always been a lead guitarist in bands previously, but I knew Nevin was really getting good. He was my next call. I wanted to sing and not play guitar. We started out learning covers to just gel. We also started out as more of a metal band, and it fit both Shawn and Jake’s background well. However, as my vocal range started to expand about a year in, we added some AC/DC and received a killer response. We kept going in the direction the music led us and followed that path as we began writing. As we release more songs, I think fans will be able to recognize our own sound as a band.

Shawn: I got a call out of the blue from Dave. He kicked around the idea of starting a new project. It surprised me when he said he wanted a new challenge and only wanted to sing. He knew a drummer named Jake that had metal experience and thought we would fit well. I knew the guitarist Nevin, from previous projects. We all got together and the rest is history.
Jake: I remember Dave kinda casually throwing the idea at me, just something fun if the right people were available. I’m thinking this is sounding pretty good, Dave’s one of the best guitar players I’ve seen around! He said, “I’ll just be singing, no guitar.” Well, I have never heard him sing before but I already said yes, lol, so I guess let’s do it! A month or two later we’re jammin some Metallica, AX7, FFDP and people are digging it. These are some of the best musicians I’ve ever played with, so of course, things are going good. Then a year or so in Dave found another octave I think, lol. We started to try some AC/DC, which was quite a step away from what we were doing, but the crowd told us immediately with singing every word with us, to cheering and dancing, that we were heading in the right direction. We knew then that it was about making that connection with the crowd that we wanted.

Nevin: Yeah when Dave approached me, I was still in my second band I’d ever played with (a local cover band). At the time I was just gigging for the hell of it and put some extra cash in my pocket. When we got together, Jake Bauer was the only member I hadn’t really spent much time around, but we gelled instantly. As for our sound, I think we just started out wanting to fill the void in our area for some hard rock and metal tunes, but one thing led to another and we started writing our own stuff. People liked it. We enjoyed writing it. Why stop there?

How did you come up with your band name?

A friend of the band would always say it after we had been drinking for a while. His reply to How’s it going? Or How do you feel? “Strong Like Bull!” We’ve made it into a drinking game at shows and fans like to yell it out. When you hear “Strong Like Bull!” take a drink, take a shot, or whatever you’ve got.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

United States – Kansas
Dave: We’re from the heart of America with Kansas being geographically in the center of it all. At the same time, we are nowhere near a major city with Kansas City several hundred miles east and Denver several hundred miles west. There is not a big metal scene here, but Wichita is about 180 miles away and has some metal going on. Two of us live in Hays, Kansas. It is a college town and has a small indie / college scene going with some punk and alternative bands. We travel to play, and we play a lot of bike rally events and bars.

Nevin: As stated before, we’re from the “middle of nowhere”, so to say. A bunch of my friends also play in their own projects with Alternative Rock/ Punk/ Indie being the most prominent around here. You’ve also got a handful of pretty fun cover bands, and once in a while you’ll catch a metal/hard rock band. Kansas isn’t exactly where to go to make your break, but there are loads of talented musicians from around here!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

‘Live While You Can’ is our debut release and is now available on all streaming services, AMI Jukeboxes, and has a video on Youtube.

Our second release, ‘Good Time’ is now available, too. We just finished shooting the video, and we are not yet sure of the date it will be available – but soon!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dave: Led Zeppelin made me want to play rock n roll. Bon Scott made me want to sing it. Sammy Hagar makes me want to live it 

Shawn: Metallica and Megadeth back in the day when I was first getting started.

Jake: Definitely Metallica. Lars just made the drums seem fun as hell to play and I watched every live video I could find.

Nevin: Randy Rhoads (R.I.P.) is my main man. That guy inspired me to pick the guitar up and push myself to become the best I can be.

What first got you into music?

Dave: My older neighbour was sharing all these legendary classic rock albums with me. I was hooked!

Shawn: I followed in the footsteps of my older brother. I remember going to one of his jam sessions and thinking man this would be fun.

Jake: Jurassic Park if you believe that, lol. The soundtrack by John Williams was what really connected me to music for the first time. Music still gives me that same feeling it did back then, though the genres have changed a bit.

Nevin: My parents! They raised me on Rock n’ Roll with bands like Pink Floyd, George Thorogood, The Beatles, etc. They definitely had the biggest influence on me growing up.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Dave: Angus Young or Slash. Both are used to writing with vocalists that sing in my high range, and I’ve always been a fan of both.

Shawn: Maybe Duff McKagan. It would be cool to come up with Bass lines that he adds to the music he records.

Jake: Lzzy Hale! Now that’s a modern day rock star!

Nevin: Nuno Bettencourt or Zakk Wylde! Maybe Jake E. Lee? Hell it’s hard to choose just one.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Dave: I watched a documentary on The Wacken Festival in Germany. It looks amazing!
Jake: Rockfest in Kansas City has been a staple for me for years and I’ve always wanted to be a part of that.

Nevin: Either Rocklahoma or Rockfest in KC. They always have kick ass line-ups.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Dave: This makes me sad. I’ve received no weird gifts. Only Fireball, and I like that.

Jake: A dandelion for being a “great drummer” lol. I don’t remember from who but I loved it, I’m all about the weird, man.

Nevin: A buddy of mine gave me Roman Glick’s (Jackyl) used bass strings. Not really weird per se, but not something you just get handed every day haha!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Dave: Keep listening. Our upcoming releases will show a lot of diversity in our writing. It is only human nature to go “…this band kind of sounds like (fill in whatever band you already know here)…”, but we will break that idea from one release to the next.

Jake: Thank you thank you thank you! Keep being awesome and sharing this music party with us! And keep it weird my friends!

Nevin: Don’t drink and drive, kids. We love you all, even that a****** who thinks we’re being too loud. We love you too. Sorta!

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dave: Man, that’s a tough one. I think bringing some of them back would take away from their legend. It’s better to burn out than fade away. It’s beautiful that way.

Jake: Cliff Burton! Sorry if I stole your answer Shawn, lol. He was incredible!
Nevin: Randy Rhoads in a heartbeat.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Dave: I like performing our own music and being able to see the fans know the words already. It’s an awesome feeling. …least would be the late, late night driving.

Jake: I love when the crowd sings the lyrics with us. I’m not a fan of teardown and loading my drums after the show.

Nevin: Amazing fans, making great friends, playing in front of tons of people, it’s hard to single out one thing…The worst part? Aside from the late night tear downs and long rides home…sometimes it can be a little tiring not having much free time to unwind on a weekend and enjoy some of my other hobbies.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Dave: That’s a tough one, too. I like some of the changes that have already occurred. The web and streaming now lets a band like us, from rural Kansas, get our music out to the world.

Jake: I wish there was a little less digital assistance in the recording process like using midi drums to get the kick or snare to sound perfect but accents and dynamics are lost.

Nevin: Man I could really go on a rant with this one. Talk to me at a show and I’ll give you my full opinion. I’ll just leave it at this. There’s a lot of amazing musicians out there that aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dave: “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC

Jake: “Master Of Puppets” by Metallica.

Nevin: “Animals” by Pink Floyd

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Dave: I truly think vinyl is best. However, I’m a music addict and just listen to whatever I can get my hands on or stream.

Jake: Man I have a lot of nostalgia for some cassettes in my red, 5 speed 1986 Mercury Lynx!

NEVIN: Honestly…I stream a lot of the music I listen to, usually YouTube, Spotify, or Pandora but I do absolutely love Vinyl! I’m always adding to my collection when I can!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Dave: My favourite gig happened recently when we opened for Them Evils in Wichita, Kansas. It was a 45 minute opening set, and we filled it with our music. Them Evils are great guys, too. The whole night was great.

Jake: Each new one becomes my favourite. Since the video for ‘Live While You Can’ released crowd participation just gets better every time!

Nevin: Oooh boy that’s a tough one…there’s been too many to count where I went home thinking “WOW that was such an insane night!”. I really wish I could pick one out but every show seems to be better than the last!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Dave: Writing code and building web apps. I do that sometimes already.

Jake: Who knows, but I’d probably have a bank account lol!
Nevin: I’d probably be neck deep in college classes right now finishing my degree in Media Production. Between that, taking over my families business, or finding a job with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave: My answer would be famous chefs like Ramsey and Guy Fieri, but switch this to Keg Party and it gets interesting! Let’s go with Bon Scott, Jim Morrison, Sammy Hagar, John “Mutt” Lange, and Mike Fraser.

Jake: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Weird Al, John Stewert, Giorgio Tsoukalos (the aliens guy). It’s gonna get interesting!

Nevin: Hmm…okay they’re dead, but nonetheless… George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, and Robin Williams!

What’s next for the band?

Dave: Our second single release, ‘Good Time’ which breaks out of just the hard rock genre. It has a heavy blues influence much like legendary bands Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Our producer, Carter Green, loved this track, and it will definitely surprise a few! There is also a U.S. radio campaign behind ‘Good Time’.

Shawn: Live shows. Practice, and record.

Jake: More live shows!

Nevin: Practice, gig, party, rinse and repeat. New music coming soon!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Facebook is our largest social media outlet. We also use Instagram and Twitter. Other content sites include Youtube and Spotify. Our main website is

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Dave: I need to Google these. I don’t know what they are.

Shawn: Biscake

Jake: Cupcakes?

Nevin: Why the hell am I just now hearing about these little spongey chocolate coated delicacies?? I NEED THESE IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

We could not begin to do this without an excellent support team. Thanks to our Engineer/Producer Carter Green at GreenJeans Studios, Tom and the team at TAG Publicity, and Denny and the team at The Label Group / INgrooves Music Group. And a HUGE thanks to everyone digging our music and supporting our live shows.



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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Italian Rock’n’Roll band Helligators! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Alex: Hi, my name is Alex and I am the drummer. The band is from Rome and formed in 2009. We are going to celebrate our 10th birthday!

Simone: I am Simone and I am the singer. I was a fan of Helligators and then joined the band in 2016.

Kamo: Hi, I’m Kamo, founding member of Helligators and I play guitar. The band was born in 2009! We were just five heavy metal lovers that wanted to have some fun playing whatever we liked as long as it was loud and wild.

How did you come up with your band name?

Alex: Initially, the band’s name was Snakebones. Unfortunately, there was an American band with the same name, so we decided to change it to Helligators. We love it because it’s a mix between an aggressive animal and hell, it represents our music perfectly.

Kamo: Well it wasn’t easy to find a name that we all liked and that wasn’t already used. One night in 2009 in the rehearsal studio we were talking about the name and everyone was giving his input to find something cool and not already used…someone then said to try something with hell like Hellacopters, and someone else said, what about Helligators? Wow…Sounds cool 🙂 So, Helligators it was.

What country are you from and what is the metal/rock scene like there?

Alex: We are from Italy and, believe it or not, there are many incredible bands here. Unfortunately, record companies rarely give them the attention they deserve and we are condemned to remain in the shadows and to be just local ‘heroes’.

Simone: The scene in Rome is actually a very good one, there are many really talented bands and they all work hard. Unfortunately, like Alex says they don’t get the recognition that they deserve. One thing that really sucks though are the venues. Here in Rome we are left with very few venues dedicated to live rock n roll.

Kamo: We’re from Roma, Italy and the metal/rock scene here is great, various and we are like a big family. But heavy metal lovers are maybe 1/1000 of the people…so, there’s no business around the music we make, few clubs where you can play live and it’s very hard to go on, only the well-known passion that every one of us has got allows us to go on like a crazy unstoppable train.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Alex: We released our new album “HELL III” in June for Sliptrick Records. As the title said, it’s our third album. We also released the video of the first single ‘Rebellion’.

Simone: Indeed, ”Hell III” was released 4th June 2019 and we are doing our best to promote it and we are very proud of it. We hope the readers are going to check it out and hopefully they will like it. Check out the video for ‘Rebellion’, too.

Kamo: “Hell III” our last album released in June 2019.

Rick here! We have already reviewed the album, courtesy of Alun, and he was very impressed. Read it at the following link!

Helligators – Hell III

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alex: Everyone in the band has different influences and musical tastes, so it’s hard to say. Of course we love the all the bands that made Rock’n’Roll great through the years!

Simone: The five of us have different influences and tastes and I think it all comes out when we compose new material. However, we can say that we are all pretty much influenced by straightforward rock and metal. We have been listening to this music for all our lives and it would be difficult to name one inspiration.

Kamo: Well, I’m 47 and I have been listening to Hard ‘n’ Heavy music since I was about 11…so you can imagine what a huge bunch of bands and artist are living in my head? Too many to be named, I’m sorry.

What first got you into music?

Alex: When I was a child, I fell in love with The Beatles. It was the beginning of everything and I consider them the best band ever. Thanks to their albums, I started to love music and to play drums.

Simone: When I was about 6 or 7 years old, I was living in England and discovered rock and roll and heavy metal. It was around 1983-1984 that band like Metallica and Iron Maiden christened me to this world.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Alex: I am a great fan of Metallica and I would love to collaborate with them! I know that this dream will never come true. To be honest, I already feel lucky to have collaborated with many wonderful musicians in my life, even if less famous or unknown.

Simone: If I am allowed to dream, I would say that I would absolutely love to collaborate with Faith No More.

Kamo: Alice In Chains.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Alex: Every festival is ok to play Rock’n’Roll but please, don’t let us play at 12 am with the sunlight! It’s horrible hahahaha!

Simone: Festivals are really cool, there is a great overall feeling and many different bands and even different styles of music. I guess we would be happy to play at any festival but, again, if I have to fantasize, I would say something like the big European summer festivals.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Alex: Fans are so kind and they usually give us wonderful gifts! Once a fan gave us underwear with our logo printed and asked us to wear them during the concert. We said ok! But I am fat and the underwear was too small, so I probably played my most uncomfortable concert in my life!

Kamo: ‘The Pick Of Destiny’ (the same as in the famous movie with Tenacious D), that I still have in my house.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be

Alex: My underwear size is XL! Hahahaha! Seriously, my only message is ‘thank you’! They’re special and make us feel loved everywhere.

Simone: Our fans are great and loyal. We are lucky because they always come out to support us at our shows and appreciate our music. My message to those who support us is THANK YOU, I am honoured. We are nothing without them. Also, take care of each other and respect everyone. Let go of hate and anger.

Kamo: Think seriously about your planet, we all must change our habits and try to save this big rolling ball because it is the only one we have. There isn’t another chance, another place, nothing!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Alex: Difficult question… In the last years many of my heroes passed away… Lemmy, Dio, Malcolm Young, Layne Staley, Dimebag. But it I have to choose just one, Bon Scott. He was unique and I miss a lot his ironic way to be a true rocker.

Simone: Such a difficult question! I would probably bring back Cliff Burton. I always think about how his bass playing would have contributed to rock n roll and metal if he were still around.

Kamo: I would answer Layne Staley (my favourite singer ever) but he was so sick and tired of living that maybe he found some peace finally after his death (and this is so sad), bringing him back to life wouldn’t be a nice gift for him, so the other name is Cliff Burton, he was a big loss for music, and I often wonder how Metallica would have changed if he was still with them.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Alex: To be a musician means to travel a lot and to know new places and people. I love it! And I love the adrenaline on stage. I hate when music isn’t treated as an art.

Simone: The best thing about being a musician is that you get to express yourself in this beautiful and intense language. You can be yourself either in the studio or on stage and it feels amazing. The feeling you get between yourself and the crowd is wonderful. It is a gift. Also, when we get to travel outside of Rome or go abroad to play our music, that’s an amazing experience. Great fun! What I hate about it is the waiting. When you play live you spend most of your time waiting….either for soundcheck or just to go on stage.

Kamo: Playing is a big game, making music with my friends is something that I always wanted to do since I was a teenager… it is also a way to channel your emotions and inner feelings and after all, playing live is a real recharge of my life batteries. There’s a huge energy exchange between the stage and the people that gives us big waves of pure energy…you feel so damn alive and kicking after a good live show!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Alex: I would change everything. At the moment nothing is good in the music industry. Prices of concerts and CD’s are too expensive. Many people can’t buy a ticket or an album. That’s why illegal downloading is growing every day.

Simone: I would remove all the technology. I miss the days when people actually went out and bought Records or CD’s. The experience has changed. Now, we have a million ways of listening to music that even damages music itself and the people making it.

Kamo: I usually don’t talk about things that I don’t really know. The music industry is a business, it’s all about money. That’s how the world has been going for centuries. The same reason why we are killing our planet! Human kind is driven by the constant achievement of profit and power.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alex: AC/DC – “Back In Black”. It’s the perfect and immortal Rock’n’Roll album.

Simone: Metallica – “And Justice For All…”. It’s my favourite album of theirs and it kicks ass totally. I am leaving out so many albums that would make this interview endless!

Kamo: Two at least: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets” and Alice In Chains – “Dirt”. But there are so many more jewels to be named.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Alex: I love vinyl but my house is not big, so CD is more comfortable. I hate downloads and digital formats because I like to read lyrics and read every info of an album on a paper booklet.

Simone: Vinyl is amazing, but so are CD’s and tapes. I still go out and buy records. I also love going through the booklets and reading everything from the info to the lyrics and looking at the pics. I am not at all a fan of downloading. You get only half of the whole package.

Kamo: Vinyl.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Alex: I cannot say. Believe or not, I enjoy every single concert we made. It doesn’t matter if there’s a huge crowd or just few people in the club, I will enjoy it with my brothers!

Simone: Yes, I agree. Every gig is great. From the big venue to the tiny club, we always have great fun. However I have to say that a few gigs have a special place in my mind. I remember a really great festival in Latvia and another open air gig here in Rome last summer. Lots of people, great stages and a great all-round vibe!

Kamo: An open air festival in Liepaja in Latvia and the last summer at Parco Schuster in Rome, but even a sold out gig at Jailbreak in Rome…!

But I hope that our best gig will be the next one on October 11th at the Orion in Rome.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Alex: A writer. I love to write about everything and I think I am pretty good. It would be a perfect job for a lazy man like me!

Simone: Unfortunately, we all have day jobs. We wish we could live off music but we can’t anymore. I think I would be doing something close or in the field of humanitarian work.

Kamo: Professional skier!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alex: I would invite my band mates! hahahaha! But if they’re busy, I’d invite Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Ozzy, Alice Cooper and James Hetfield. Of course, I will not pay the bill!

Simone: I would also have to say my band mates…just like Alex. However, thinking outside the box, I would invite Chewbacca, Obi Wan Kenobi, R2D2, Weird Al Yankovic and Darth Vader!

Kamo: Donald Trump, Putin, Bolsonaro, Angela Merkel and the president of China (I don’t remember his name atm)!

What’s next for the band?

Alex: We are going to promote the new album in the only way that we know and prefer: playing our music everywhere!

Simone: Gigs, gigs, gigs and more gigs. We want to take “HELL III” out to as many places we can.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Alex: You can find us on every web platform!

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Alex: It’s a biscuit! But if you disagree, I will eat a thousand to understand!

Simone: Cake? Biscuit? Whatever, just gimme em all! Hahahaha!

Kamo: It’s hard to say…in Italy we call that “pasticcini”!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Alex: I just want to thank you for supporting Helligators and to say to all the rockers around the world: support the music!

Simone: First of all thanks so much for the support and the hard work you put into supporting music and bands in general. We hope people will read this and check us out.

To everyone reading this: Hope to see you somewhere along the way and keep supporting all the great bands out there!

“Stay on the roads. Keep clear of the moors. Beware the moon, lads.”



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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fort Myers, Florida based Rock N Roll band The Electric Mud! Huge thanks to guitarist Constantine for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

Hey guys! I’m Constantine and I’m the stage left guitar player

How did you come up with your band name?

Electric Mud is a really forward thinking blues record Muddy Waters put out back in the day that we thought on principal really is kind of a mission statement for what we do. We wanted to take the big riff rock and roll we grew up on and push it forward in new ways, forward thinking but traditional.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Florida in these United States of America. It’s a killer time to be in heavy music right now, there are a lot of great bands across the board out on the road putting on great shows and pushing each other to succeed!

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?

We currently have three spanking new tracks up on Bandcamp while we shop our next album to labels.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a human? My grandmother! As a musician? Gotta be Lemmy, the man was the walking embodiment of rock and roll.

What first got you into music?

Neither of my parents are musicians but they both love music and have killer taste. There was a lot of great music coming from the stereo that as a kid I just couldn’t ignore.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Shotgun Sawyer out of California just dropped a nine pound hammer of a record this year. It’d be a blast to work with them in any capacity.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Roadburn! Who could turn down the sickest heavy music festival in the world?

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We had a dude show up to a show with a rack of baby back ribs for us from out of the blue once. That was the weirdest coolest shit ever.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?


If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Duane Allman, easy!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Being a musician is the greatest job in the world, by far. If there were anything to hate, is that you still need a job now. It’s my dream job but it’s still a job.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Hell man it’d be nice to make real money sellin’ records like they used to.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Crack The Skye” by Mastodon.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?


What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We played an absolute eager in Memphis last year with The Heavy Eyes and Native Blood, two bands you absolutely have to check out.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Man I’d be back in the skilled trades installing kitchens. Maybe I’d have a stamp collection.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Willie Nelson, Brian May, Matt Pike, Joe Duplantier and The Reverend Billy F. Gibbons.

What’s next for the band?

Tour! We’re out for five weeks starting end of August.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?


Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Man I have no idea, I even tried to cheat and use Wikipedia and they called it a ‘biscuit sized cake.’ That’s brutal.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Raise hell and praise Dale. Thanks so much for takin the time to check us out y’all we appreciate it.

02 BOTTOM The Electric Mud

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Thunderfuck And The Deadly Romantics – Dirty Sleazy Rock ‘N’ Roll


Thunderfuck And The Deadly Romantics – Dirty Sleazy Rock ‘N’ Roll
Cargo Records UK
Release Date: 26/07/2019 (Europe)
Running Time: 41:31
Review by ‘Dark Juan’

Oh God. Oh my good God. Jesus Christ in a chariot driven sidecar. These are a bunch of devilishy handsome chaps, aren’t they? I haven’t seen faces that craggy since Mount Rushmore or beards quite so luxuriant since Uncle Albert’s on Only Fools And Horses. Vocalist Thunderfuck (a rather splendid name which has already earned a bonus point for sheer wonderfulness and audacity. Especially with that face, seeing as he looks like he has charged at full pelt into a brick wall) both makes me want to cheer him on with a beer or arm myself for imminent violence. I have not yet decided which, although I have come to the conclusion drinking heavily is the way forward this evening. But that is my general rule of thumb for a Saturday night in the company of my millions of adoring minions. Yes, ok, there’s probably two people hanging on my every word worldwide. Quit harshing my buzz, motherfucker.

Hello, dear acolytes, I’m Dark Juan and I am currently dying of heat exhaustion as it is 11pm at Dark Juan Towers and it is STILL 25 fucking degrees. I am not even in my invocation robes this evening. I’m wearing nothing but denim cutoff shorts and a rictus that could only loosely be described as a smile because I’m sweating my beer out as fast as I can down it. Sir Igor Egbert Cleavage-Hoover (being his full name – shame he is not KC registered because I would fucking LOVE to write that on the registration form) is laid next to me, alternately emitting the kind of smells that were outlawed by the Geneva Convention or begging for my beer. Satan has a better chance of getting a checkout job in Asda than Igor the Evil One has of getting my beer, the little alcoholic bastard. He likes gin. A lot. Sir Zeusington Zeus, KCVQ, VC, MM, DFC and Bar has sparked out across most of my sofa, leaving me a square inch to perch on as I write this nonsense, and Hodgson The Living Breathing Biological Warfare Machine has taken himself and his weaponised arse upstairs to wait for Mrs. Dark Juan to emerge from the bathroom. I swear that woman is half mermaid. She’s never out of the sodding bath.

Anyway, this mob of Canadian horror film extras (sans special effects makeup) are releasing “Dirty, Sleazy Rock ‘n’ Roll” on July 26th and I am supposedly here to tell you about it, aren’t I? We have already concluded that this band and the lead singer in particular have a fucking awesome name and I like it a lot. The music on the record is pretty run of the mill heavy rock mixed with the odd punk riff and attitude. Thunderfuck is not what you would call an accomplished singer either. In fact he has a short of cheery, beery and hoarse delivery that rather…… approximates the note he is going for rather than necessarily hitting it, and there are occasions where he just doesn’t fucking bother. This is NOT negativity, however. Rock n roll and especially metal has forgotten its roots and the fact that us metal fans are one big, drunken, happy family – at its most cheerful with some filthy music playing and two or three hundred of us are in a field dying of alcohol poisoning and projectile vomiting competitions. THIS is what Thunderfuck and The Deadly Romantics are about. They do not give two fucking hoots about precision, your worthless fucking opinion, technical ability, tuning, or any of that shit. They are here to play rock and roll and party. I am here to tell you that this record is a fucking hilarious soundtrack to your Saturday night drinking and party treats and quite simply have that same level of obvious fun, enjoyment and sheer dickheaded joy in what they are doing as what GWAR used to have. The band are musically most similar to the Love Commando himself and his crew (Zodiac Mindwarp and The Love Reaction in case you’re a fucking dirty philistine from hell who has never heard Britain’s greatest rock and roll export. I, Dark Juan, Groove Ipssisimus and Sex Fuhrer, command YOU, false metaller, to listen to Back Seat Education and Prime Mover (NOT THE GHOST ONE!) repeatedly and then you will understand the peculiar, childish genius of Thunderfuck and his mob of freaks), mixed with the punkiest of riffs and the party hard aesthetic of Andrew WK. Lording over it all is the demented ringmaster that is Thunderfuck, a man born not to sing, but to command an audience. It is very easy to imagine this band in a live setting and the lyrics are just funny as fuck. They are very misogynist in places and in others downright perverted but I have the sense of humour of a twelve year old, so I have been laughing my arse off for the past hour and although this record is absolutely from a musical quality point of view a fucking disaster area, it has that amazing thing called entertainment… Excuse me. I have to attend to something. Mrs. Dark Juan has interrupted my lyrical flow to make me sate her thirst for horror. So as she has chosen to watch a horror film on an ENTIRELY LEGAL (Disclaimer: Could possibly be lying. Then again, might not be.) streaming site and has a kind of Luddite electronic warfare field that completely fucks up any electronic entertainment device or internet connection known to man (anything that works on 19th century technology, like, I dunno, fucking goat chariots or spinning wheels or ploughs and oxen and shite, she is groovy with) and I have to step in otherwise her computer would have more viruses than a fucking Ebola victim with AIDS, Gonorrhea and a fungal nail infection. Where was I? Oh, yes.

Thunderfuck and The Deadly Romantics are almost ridiculously entertaining and I love and hate them at the same time. I love them because they are fun, raw and rock n roll in distilled and super potent form, but as an actual musician (yeah, I can play instruments. My old band might not agree, but they are just wrong ok?) they set my teeth on edge, especially Thunderfuck and his approximate approach to singing. This, however, has not ruined my enjoyment of a record that sets new standards for beer soaked fun in a world of metal that’s getting far too serious and po-faced for its own good. I love this record. It’s ironic I love this record because I recently reviewed Warrior Soul’s latest album and it was an assault on my senses and my intelligence and it was rather like this one, but Kory Clarke has fuck all sense of humour, whereas these guys are all about the fun and the party. I have a full and all abiding hatred of all ballads that don’t match up to Skid Row’s 18 And life but even the ballad on this record (charmingly entitled Go Fuck Yourself) is fucking brilliant. Every song on this record is just out and out party music.

Thunderfuck And The Deadly Romantics, I conclude, are awesome. Buy this record, be appalled at how sloppy it is, but then appreciate it for the sheer amusement value it generates. I defy you to not smile when listening to this record. If you don’t there’s summat wrong with you. Bon soiree, mes amis!

The Patented Dark Juan Blood Splat Rating System has been educated, amused and edified and awards Thunderfuck And The Deadly Romantics 8/10 for full on rock n roll joyfulness.

01. Drink this Party Dry (This is Thunderfuck at his most excruciating.)
02. I’m Not In Love (Certainly not a cover of the 10CC classic!)
03. Anal Annie (Almost pathetic but still amusing if you are an overgrown child like me.)
04. Spray My Love (Could be a WASP song with that title.)
05. The Finger (Probably not to do with V For Vendetta.)
06. Attention Whore (Thank you for noticing, Thunderfuck. Yes, yes I am.)
07. One More For The Road (Inspired by Boz Scaggs, by any chance?)
08. Let’s Fuck (No thanks. I’ve seen your face.)
09. Go Fuck Yourself (That would be my standard answer to the above question, unless Gemma Arterton or the utterly delectable, delicious and delightful Beth-Ami Heavenstone was doing the asking…)
10. Get My Hole (Not on your fucking nelly, Thunderfuck.)
11. Jaegerbomb (Give me 10 of the fuckers. To be fair there is a serious message to this one dressed up in the lyrical shenanigans – Thunderfuck was developing a serious problem with drinking and quit Jaegerbombs in order to survive.)
12. #Me Too (For rock n roll sexiness, then yes. Fuck yes.)

Thunderfuck – Vocals
Johnny Douchebag – Guitars
Jim McPain – Guitars
Ryan Cumsock – Bass
George Leghumper – Drums



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Jared James Nichols – The Waterfront, Norwich, UK – 16/07/2019

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Jared James Nichols
The Waterfront, Norwich, UK
Review by Paul Monkhouse

Jared James Nichols has built up a solid reputation as one of the leading lights in modern blues rock, his firey gumbo of influences winning the hearts of audiences during tours with Glenn Hughes, Lynyrd Skynyrd, UFO, Saxon, Blue Oyster Cult and ZZ Top amongst others. It speaks a lot about the guitarist that he not only held his own against such legendary artists but gave them all a run for their money and on many nights blew away the headliners. His latest tour of the UK is part of a diverse triple band line-up that also includes Toby Jepson’s 70’s style hard rocking Wayward Sons and the topped-billed game-changers Living Colour. Despite the huge talent on show, Nichols opening set was the one that left the most lasting impression and brought the largest number of converts, all of whom stunned by the power of this three-piece.

Despite the early start time, a sizeable crowd was already pushing against the barrier as a siren rang out and Nichols strolled onto the stage, ripping into opening song ‘Last Chance’. This was rock ‘n’ roll as dirty and loud as you could have wished for, the muscular playing reminiscent of Cream at their most forceful but with an edge that spoke of years spent playing in rough bars all over small towns in the States. There was a real ferocity here that screamed to be let loose, all whilst being totally controlled by a band who knew exactly what they were doing. This juxtaposition of the feral and the crafted in their performance was such a fine balance that it equally thrilled and amazed, the adrenaline rush of being strapped into a turbocharged supercar driven by a Nascar champion.

‘Don’t Be Scared’ was a blistering display of heavy blues and saw Nichols flicking his guitar lead to slam and dance across the strings as he played the solo. This wasn’t the only extraordinary thing that struck about the performance as it was impossible not to marvel at how he played with such dexterity and heaviness without a pick, his right hand wrenching and dancing on the frets bereft of a plectrum to take the strain across the tight wound steel strings of his beloved Les Paul. The funky ‘Honey Forgive Me’ dripped with a raw passion and ‘End of Time’ rode along with a loping rhythm whilst conjuring a sound that brought to mind something akin to Jimi Hendrix jamming with Led Zeppelin.

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The heads-down boogie of ‘Baby Can You Feel It’ really swung as bass player Ronnie Elvis James and drummer Dennis Holms were watertight, James a study in trucker cool whilst Holms was a mass of flying blonde hair. Nichols himself cuts an imposing figure, standing well over six feet tall and all muscles, tattoos and hair and it’s one of these tattoos that catches the eye: a curled snake on his left arm. Whilst a first glance looking like the one Metallica had on the cover of the ‘Black Album’, this was actually part of the Gadsden Flag, depicting a coiled rattlesnake ready to strike and such it was with the jabs and controlled ferocity of his playing on new single ‘Nails in the Coffin’. The track opened to the sound of rolling thunder and rain and continued in this vein, a brooding and atmospheric track full of dread and dark power, providing an appetite whetting taster of things to come.

‘Hardwired’ may have shared a title with the San Francisco thrash giants but this was purely titular as the track came over as the love child of Whitesnake and Ted Nugent, all lascivious guitar work and macho strutting but none the worse for either. Closing the set was a staggering cover of Mountain’s classic ‘Mississippi Queen’, replete with the greatest cowbell playing in rock outside of ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper’ and a freshness that captured the vitality of the original but turned up several notches. Closing with such a well-known and much-loved song was a gamble but the fact that their own material can stand shoulder to shoulder and not feel out of place with it speaks volumes. The future, seemingly, belongs to him. All hail the new King of Blues Rock.




03 JJ Nichols (Bottom)


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Imperial Jade – On The Rise

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Imperial Jade – On The Rise
Release Date: 18/01/2019
Running Time: 44:37
Review by Tsarina Wilson

Imperial Jade are five young friends who also happen to be rock and roll lovers from Maresme province in Barcelona. The band was born in 2012 by Francesc Lopez (drums), Alex Panero (guitar), Arau Ventura (vocals), Hugo Nubiola (guitar/keyboard) and Ricardo Turro (bass) with a sound that can be described as 70’s rock with a hint of country rock and a twist of groove rock.

In 2015, the band released their first record “Please Welcome Imperial Jade” which hit several lists of best releases of the year. Throughout 2016 Imperial Jade toured throughout Spain with the album, performing gigs all booked by themselves, they opened for Californian band Rival Sons in Barcelona and for Swedish band EUROPE at two concerts given in Madrid and Barcelona, among other great bands like Ten Years After or Michael Monroe.

In 2017, the band recorded two new singles on analogue tape at Music Lan Studios which was then mixed in Nashville USA by the sound engineer John Netti (Rival Sons, Europe, Black Stone Cherry, Bon Jovi) and mastered at The Room Studios by Gorka Dresbaj. Throughout the year the band played different venues and gigs and appeared live on television for the first time at Los Concierto’s de Radio 3 of RTVE (Spanish TV channel) while also playing the main stage of Rock Fest BCN, sharing with bands like Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Airbourne and Alice Cooper.

With crystal clear vocals, this album is rocky, bluesy, enchanting but with a real edge to it and even a hint of country groove with ‘Sad For No Reason’. With a foot tapping beat, it’s a fun song which shouldn’t work but does and then you have ‘Dance’ which is much rockier.

‘The Call’ is yet another completely different track which starts very psychedelic, yet the harmonies take you back to rock so there’s no telling what you will get next! They, almost, want to keep you on your toes and just when you think you have got the album sussed; it turns in a completely different direction again.

These guys have a soulful yet passionate persona about them. There is so much feeling in the album, with epic guitar riffs, changes of pace, and changes of direction it’s almost like they have layered everything and you must get through all the layers to get to the end of the album. And just as you think you understand it; you get the upbeat and rock n roll guitars of ‘Heatwave’ and if you aren’t dancing around to this track then I will be surprised. It’s an epic song for summer days blasting out of the car.

Imperial Jade certainly give you value for money with so many epic songs covering so many different genres all on one album. This is definitely not your usual run of the mill band, which is very refreshing. It’s rock but light and a pleasure to keep listening too. It’s edgy, gritty, enchanting yet strong without being overpowering.

1- You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
2 -Dance
3- Sad For No Reason
4-The Call
5-Glory Train
6-Lullaby In Blue
7-Keep Me Singing
8-Heat Wave
9-Rough Seas
10-Struck By Lightening




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Rebecca Downes – The Met Lounge, Peterborough – 29/03/2019

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Rebecca Downes
The Met Lounge, Peterborough
Review by Paul Monkhouse

Many bands have turned to acoustic sets in the past but very few as well as the Quireboys, a band with the charisma and material to make it really work for them. When this is perfectly teamed with an opening slot by the brilliant Rebecca Downes it proves to be an evening when all you can do is be swept away by the music.

Having toured regularly up and down the length and breadth of the country with her full band playing support to bands such as Magnum, tonight sees her shorn of her full band but joined by partner in crime guitarist and vocalist Steve Birkett. The duo fill the sound with ease and you can’t help but warm instantly to Downes, her great humour and down to earth personality shine, displaying not a shred of over inflated ego. ‘Take Me Higher’ is an excellent showcase for her soulful vocals and really got the attention of all there. As has been proven many times before, huge talent isn’t always enough but needs to be matched with great quality material to really highlight the artist. The songwriting team of Downes and Birkett have that by the bucketload. Next song ‘It’s Not Easy’ is a prime example of this as it twists and turns in unexpected directions whilst the stripped-down acoustic arrangement really lets the vocals shine.

Refreshingly, Birkett doesn’t just play second fiddle to the singer as the two are evenly matched in musical chops and it comes over as a perfect partnership. There is a genuine warmth exuding from them and when showcased in such great fare as the sparkling ‘Waving Goodbye’ it’s pretty unbeatable. The richness of the voices glides perfectly over a hooky chorus, as the track has a classic, almost pop, soulful tone. It would have been difficult to follow that gem but the Radio 2 playlisted ‘Sailing on a Pool of Tears’ ups the ante even more. A big, spellbinding ballad, it contains elements of chilled flamenco and is both instantly catchy and heartrending.

The pace changes with ‘1000 Years’, an upbeat blues number with a truly cocky strut that easily dispels the narrow view that the blues is solely downbeat tales of suffering. The short set finishes with the title track from last album ‘Believe’, another forceful wake up call that is both defiant and life affirming. Featuring an acoustic breakdown, its sense of dynamics proving it was the perfect number to finish on. Returning later for an incendiary duet with Spike for the Quireboys encore, Downes was the ideal choice as touring companion for these dates and was clearly having a ball on the road with a band she’s long been an admirer of. With her expressive Midlands accent she doesn’t sound like one of the Windsors in conversation but, make no mistake, when she sings Rebecca Downes is UK Blues royalty. If you want to know the roots of hard rock and metal, get yourself into the blues. You really can’t go wrong with the lethal combination that this partnership offers of filthy barroom rock ‘n’ roll and soul. Catch them when you can.




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The Quireboys – Amazing Disgrace

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The Quireboys – Amazing Disgrace
Off Yer Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 05/04/2019
Running Time: 46:25
Review by Paul Monkhouse
Rating: 10/10

The Quireboys aren’t strangers to the knocks and scrapes of rock ‘n’ roll but it’s been an unbelievably long, hard road to get this album out due to the ongoing issues with Pledge Music, initially the chosen platform for this release. Thankfully you can’t keep a good band down and due to the immense hard work by the band, their team and the fans this has now come out and stands as a testament to their street fighting spirit. Driven by a passion to stretch themselves, “Amazing Disgrace” shows a band that’s both fearless and incredibly fresh, highlighting their undoubted flair for writing great and timeless songs.

From the opening notes of ‘Original Black-Eyed Son’, this is something really special. The song wastes no time in getting into a great riff and it just keeps on growing with some superb keys, Stax-like brass and female backing vocals adding to a fantastic, dirty rock ‘n’ roll barroom number that has both grit and polish. Really setting their stall out, you know that just two minutes into this that it’s an album The Quireboys can be proud of. Whilst the band can really rock out when they want to, as anyone who’s seen their electrifying live shows can attest, this release broadens their palette and adds some real colour but doesn’t sacrifice any of their fire. Next track ‘Sinner’s Serenade’ perfectly highlights this with it’s powerful, big start and yet more layers of sound as it really drives along, propelled by some teeth rattling drums and some superb slide guitar at the end.

Already a firm live favourite, ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ has a funky strut and the peerless guitar work of Guy Griffin and Paul Guerin as they show off the sonic swagger that has a real stake in proving their confidence whilst not being too flash. This is also echoed in the titular ‘Amazing Disgrace’ that boasts a real late 60’s / early 70’s vibe as Spikes distinctive vocals dances throughout and the track ends by morphing into Southern Hard Rock. Yet another bold change of pace comes with ‘Eve of the Summertime’, a beautifully crafted ballad, that is ice cream sweet and sparkles with sunshine whilst retaining an edge. Very evocative of that season, you could hear it any time of the year and immediately be transported to those hazy, lazy days where life just consisted of sitting on a beach, drinking beer with your friends.

‘California Blues’ picks up the pace again and is a perfect reminder of why the band was chosen to support Guns ‘n’ Roses and the Stones. This would be the perfect soundtrack to cruising along Sunset Strip and you can clearly picture the band whipping up the crowds at the Whisky in downtown L.A. ‘This Is It’ brings an almost country feel and expands on the great storytelling that Spike and Co excel at. Boasting some more very fine keys from Keith Weir, this also benefits from some excellent fiddle playing and if you wince at the mere mention of that instrument then this track will surely convert you. ‘Feels Like A Long time’ brings back a Rolling Stones feel and is tailor made for playing at massive stadiums to a sea of people, waving arms held aloft in appreciation of its grandeur.

Yet more swagger and stomp form the brilliant ‘Slave Number One’, its chugging riff building into a juggernaut that shows that you don’t need to be full-on to be heavy. ‘Dancing in Paris’ is another great ballad, its fragile and tender vocals matched perfectly to the tasteful and tasty guitar work. The album closes with a bang as ‘Medusa My Girl’ boils out of the speakers. Incredibly powerful, this is a maelstrom of instruments that warn of a coming storm that continues to get darker as Spikes howls through the wind and rain. With a real Celtic feel, the Quireboys have chosen the perfect track to end the album and yet again show why they are one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands this country has ever produced. The Quireboys may, at times, have been heavier than this release but they have never been better. As they say themselves: “This is Rock ‘n’ Roll”. One of the most vital albums of the year, you need ‘Amazing Disgrace’ in your collection.

01. Original Black Eyes Son
02. Sinners Serenade
03. Saven Deadly Sins
04. Amazing Disgrace
05. Eve Of The Summertime
06. California Blues
07. This Is It
08 Feels Like A Long Time
09. Slave #1
10. Dancing In Paris
11. Medusa My Girl






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